Some numbers to consider on the eve of Latin DJ crew Peligrosa’s five year anniversary of throwing almost monthly parties in Austin.
Five years. Six turntables at the ready at every show. A combined library of somewhere around 50,000 pieces of vinyl. And 10 members, which is what the group will swell to at Friday’s five-year celebration when MC Chingo Bling and DJ Chorizo Funk officially join the ranks, making Peligrosa larger than the legendary and enormous hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan.
“I never thought of it that way, but yeah I guess now we can say that we’re bigger than Wu-Tang,” laughs Orion Garcia, who performs as DJ Orion and helped form the first Peligrosa parties that grew out of his gigs at the now-closed Creekside Lounge.
“Chingo has been with us for a minute now but we never had what you’d call an initiation, and with Chorizo, I don’t know why it took so long to bring him in, but I’m glad it’s finally going to be official.”
The crew will display its newly expanded membership, which includes (deep breath) Manolo Black, Pagame, King Louie, DJ Dus, Sonora, VJ 4th Wall and Quito, along with Garcia and the two newbies, on Friday at Holy Mountain. Like other Peligrosa dance parties, the night will be entirely free form with the performers trading off as the vibe fits and the audience bathing in a surging mix of cumbia, salsa, son, baile funk and other iterations of Latin-derived music.
“We’re all kind of half-generations away from that music, because we were brought up and raised speaking English but the music and culture of our parents was always there, like my parents are Puerto Rican and Columbian,” Garcia said. “After a few shows of working out the logistics of all of us we got it figured out and we know how to start a party. I’m looking forward to getting out there with everybody, and being heavily in the studio in 2013.”
For Eddie Campos, who is well known all over Austin as DJ Chorizo Funk, officially becoming part of the Peligrosa group formalizes a relationship that’s grown over several years of playing parties with Garcia and other members.
“It seemed like we were always working at the same time and there was a lot of respect for each other and what we do,” said Campos, who focuses on Afro-Latin and Cuban sounds that are heavy on rhythm and percussion.
“There are lots of iterations of the group and people have seen lots of us before, but when you get everybody together to get all of our strengths," he said.
"The thing people know about a Peligrosa party is that even as Austin goes through lots of changes, we’ve got the type of vibe where it’s going to be sweaty and people are going to be dancing everywhere when they get there.“